Code: PSFNY-01687 Author: Tom Stoppard ISBN/EAN: 9780573620027
The plays in this collection reveal in combination the 'frivolous' and 'serious' aspects of Tom Stoppard's talent: his sense of fun, his sense of theatre, his sense of the absurd, and his gifts for parody and satire.
The author rounds off his brief introduction, giving the genesis of each piece, with the comment: 'The "role of the theatre" is much debated (by almost nobody, of course), but the thing defines itself in practice first and foremost as a recreation.
This seems satisfactory.' Leading off is 'The Real Inspector Hound', the unltimate country-house whodunnit; 'Dirty Lines' moves a Whitehall farce to Parliament Square; 'Dogg's Hamlet', 'Cahoot's Macbeth' subverts Shakespeare; and 'After Magritte' explains the inexplicable.